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Four Weddings, Four Budgets

What a reception can cost in Brooklyn, the Hamptons, Westchester, and Manhattan. Take a look!

Plus:
Creative Reception Ideas
A 12-Month Planning Calendar
Budget Tips for Savvy Brides
Throwing a Wedding at Home

 


Immaculate Confections

Purists will swoon over these modern incarnations of the traditional tiered cake.

Winning Combinations
The most popular flavors and fillings.

Sweet Alternatives
Krispy Kreme towers, fondue fountains, and the French croquembouche.

Bakeries


Garden Variety

Ten designers create the arrangements they’ve dreamed of making—if only a bride would let them try.

Tipsheet: Choosing Your Flowers
How to make one of the most creative parts of planning your wedding stress-free.

Top 10 Flowers
Which flowers are New York brides are requesting the most?

Edible Arrangements
An alternative to flowers is to have gorgeous creations carved out of fruits or vegetables.

Florist Directory


Lovely Invitations

Set the tone for your event with an elegant suite of stationery.

Tipsheet: Sending the Invitation


Stationery Stores


Personalizing Your Ceremony
Two experts offer unique ideas based on a lifetime of listening and reading.

Ceremonies for Unconventional Couples
Here's how to keep it true to yourselves without shocking your grandmothers.

Rituals From Around the World
Couples are incorporating traditions from several cultures and religions into their ceremonies.

Officiants for Nontraditional Ceremonies
From interfaith ministers to college chaplains.

Officiants Directory



CATERING
Creative Appetizers
Delight your guests with hors d'oeuvres appetizers that look as good as they taste.

Behind-the-Scenes of Real Weddings
An hour-by-hour account of how a baker, a caterer, and an event planner prepare for a wedding.

Catering Your Way

Looking for a culinary experience that goes beyond the typical “chicken, fish, or beef?”

Caterer Directory

MUSIC
Learning to Dance: One Couple's Story
"Our friends had prenuptial counseling. Casey and I had dance lessons."

Tipsheet: Dance Lessons
The five dancing rules you need to know.

The Right Dance For You
A master list of common wedding dances to provide some inspiration.

Plus:
Top 10 Wedding Songs
Alternatives to Bands and DJs
Dance Lesson Listings
Band and DJ Listings



Tipsheet: Before and After Parties
The wedding is merely the main event. First, there's the rehersal dinner, and later—the post-wedding brunch.

Restaurants for Brunch and Dinner
Top NYC eateries with private or semi-private spaces suitable for large groups.



Photography: The Basics

Here are some terms to memorize so that you’ll come off like a pro in your initial consultation.

Tipsheet: Choosing a Photographer
You wouldn’t dream of buying your gown off the rack, nor should you pick your photographer on a whim.

Photographer Listings

Videographer
Listings



Welcoming Party

They've crossed the continent to see you tie the knot. Here's what you can do to make the rest their stay just as memorable.

Where to Put Out-of-Town Guests
Boutique hotels, neighborhood gems, four-star favorites, budget options, and more.

Best Weddings Websites
Who needs a wedding planner when you've got the web? These sites have checklists, budget tools, dress and bouquet photo galleries, website builders, inexpensive favor ideas, places to vent, and even aids for Mom.